DAY 1: TUESDAY – BRISBANE TO LONGREACH (D)
Guests on GULF19 will depart Brisbane on the Spirit of the Outback for a first class overnight rail journey to Longreach. Overnight on the Spirit of the Outback (GULF19 guests)
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
Guests on GULF17 will join the tour today after lunch. You will be met by our Outback Aussie Tour’s representative and transferred to our accommodation. Meet fellow travellers at our Welcome Dinner tonight at our accommodation. 2 nights Longreach Motor Inn, Longreach
DAY 3: THURSDAY – LONGREACH (B,L,D)
Today we visit the Qantas Founders Museum to uncover the pioneering aviation stories of our national airline. Explore the five themed galleries at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at historic Rosebank Station, as guests of the Smiths. Join the M.V. Explorer for the Drover’s Sunset Cruise, unwind with on-board nibbles and drinks, and witness a magnificent Outback sunset. Take your seat at the award-winning Smithy’s Outback Dinner and Show, enjoying a two-course camp oven themed dinner and the live entertainment on the River Stage.
DAY 4: FRIDAY – RICHMOND (B,L,D)
We follow the Matilda Way to Winton in time for morning tea at the newly reopened Waltzing Matilda Centre, then head north-east to Hughenden. Meet Hughie the life-size replica of a Muttaburrasaurus at the Flinders Discovery Centre, then we follow the Overlander Way to Richmond. Overnight Ammonite Inn, Richmond
DAY 5: SATURDAY – MOUNT ISA (B,L,D)
This morning we visit Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, Kronosaurus Korner, for an unforgettable prehistoric adventure. Leaving the marine creatures, we travel on to Julia Creek, home to the endangered Julia Creek Dunnart, an extremely shy nocturnal hunter. In Cloncurry, we will visit John Flynn Place where we will hear the great Australian story of how John Flynn began his Royal Flying Doctor Service, one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. 2 nights Red Earth Hotel, Mount Isa
DAY 6: SUNDAY – MOUNT ISA (B,L,D)
In Mount Isa, affectionately known as the ‘Oasis of the Outback’, we visit Outback at Isa for a fascinating insight into daily life in the town’s early days. Step back some 30 million years at the Riversleigh Fossil Centre, with its insightful interpretations into early mammal mega fauna development. Tour the perfectly preserved Underground Hospital, built following the bombing of Darwin in WWII, and visit the interesting Beth Anderson Museum.
DAY 7-8: MONDAY-TUESDAY – ADELS GROVE (B,L,D)
A real visual treat awaits us at Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, one of Queensland’s most scenic national parks with its spectacular gorges and sandstone ranges. View this spectacular gorge system on the ‘Cruise Lawn Hill Gorge’ sightseeing tour. Picnic amongst the towering red pillars steeped in the Aboriginal legend of ‘Boodjamulla’. Delight in the picturesque views overlooking Indarri Falls and Gorge System, or take a refreshing swim in nature’s incredible Tufa rock spa bath. Tuesday night we celebrate sunset at Harry’s Lookout with nibbles. 2 nights Adels Grove
DAY 9-11: WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY – KARUMBA (B,L,D)
Board our scenic flight for spectacular views over Lawn Hill Station, the Gorge and the meandering channels that merge with the incredible Gulf of Carpentaria. Make a stop on remote Sweers Island with its miles of golden beaches, mangroves and rocky cliffs, then reboard our flight to Karumba. Spend a relaxing two days where the ‘Outback meets the sea’ with a mix of organised tours and leisure time. Join a tour of the Barramundi Discovery Centre to learn about the live breeding program; enjoy a casual fish & chip lunch; experience the spectacular Gulf sunset on the informative Croc and Crab Cruise. Cruise the Port of Karumba, estuary and enjoy a special dining highlight – the famous ‘Sand Island, Seafood at Sunset Experience.’ Feast on prawns and crab as the sun sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria. An unforgettable natural setting! 3 nights End of the Road Motel, Karumba
DAY 12-14: SATURDAY-MONDAY – COBBOLD GORGE (B,L,D)
Head to Normanton to see the Big Croc, Purple Pub and the historic Normanton Railway Station, where we board the Gulflander Railmotor or ‘Tin Hair’. Travel across the floodplain of the Norman River to Critters Camp, then reboard our coach to the historic gold mining townships of Croydon and Georgetown. Arrive at the hidden Outback oasis, Cobbold Gorge, our home for the next three nights. Enjoy a three-hour tour of this natural wonder on private land, featuring an optional guided bushwalk to the top of the escarpment. Glide on custom-made, electric powered boats in almost spiritual silence through the dramatic sandstone walled gorge. Join a smoko and station tour briefing followed by a coach tour of the expansive Robin Hood Station. Make time to enjoy the resort atmosphere or join an optional helicopter flight. 3 nights Cobbold Gorge Resort
DAY 15-16: TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY – MOUNT SURPISE (B,L,D)
Travel to Forsayth and Einasleigh with time to explore the beautiful Copperfield Gorge, shaped by the Copperfield River as it sliced through molten rock formed from a prehistoric lava flow. Tuck into a country lunch at the Einasleigh Hotel and travel via interesting backtracks to Mount Surprise. Explore the Undara Lava Tubes, part of the world’s longest lava flows from a single volcanic crater. See the beautifully restored, turn of the century, railway carriages at the Undara Resort. Enjoy the relaxing dining atmosphere of Bedrock Village’s outdoor dining area and the campfire camaraderie of your fellow travellers. 2 nights Bedrock Village, Mount Surprise
DAY 17: THURSDAY – CAIRNS (B,L,D)
Join the iconic Savannahlander at Fossilbrook Creek for a one-hour scenic rail journey. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route to Atherton Tablelands and cruise Lake Barrine, an enchanting natural lake hidden in World Heritage Rainforest. Gain a close-up view of one of the most amazing rainforest eco-systems in the world. Arrive in Cairns late afternoon. Overnight Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns
DAY 18: FRIDAY – DEPART CAIRNS (B,L,D)
Guests on GULF17 will conclude their tour after breakfast with a transfer to their homeward bound connections. Guests on GULF19 will transfer to Cairns Railway Station to join the Spirit of Queensland for a first-class overnight rail journey back to Brisbane. Overnight Spirit of Queensland (GULF19 guests)
DAY 19: SATURDAY – ARRIVE BRISBANE (B)
Guests on GULF19 will arrive in Brisbane.
dates & pricing
|Cost Per Person
|Longreach to Cairns GULF17
|Cost Per Person
|Brisbane to Brisbane GULF19
| $11328 (QPCV)#
2018 DEPARTURE DATES:
GULF19 Ex Brisbane: 10 Jul, 7 Aug
GULF17 Ex Longreach: 11 Jul, 8 Aug
- September departure operates to a different itinerary – please enquire for details
- EARLY EMU DEAL – Save $600 per person for bookings made and deposited before 31 Jan 2018
- #QPCV – Queensland Pension Concession Rail vouchers (4).
- Conditions apply.
- Minimum tour numbers apply.
- This is a MEDIUM level fitness tour.
- Rail price based on one way fares travelling from Brisbane to Longreach on the Spirit of the Outback in First Class Sleepers and from Cairns to Brisbane in a RailBed.